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For further refugee-related shorts, feature films and resources, visit our film page.

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North Star Fading

North Star Fading is a ‘zoom comic’ by PositiveNegatives inspired by the true testimonies of four Eritrean refugees who fled their homes to make the dangerous journey across Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya to Europe. The art is by Karrie Fransman and the words by Lula Mebrahtu.


Dear Habib

Dear Habib is a short animation sharing the true story of a young, unaccompanied child migrant called Habib. Co-produced by Habib himself, along with Majid Adin and PositiveNegatives. The animation brings to life the incredible challenges, and opportunities, that young unaccompanied child migrants face.


I am just like you

Made by Kazzum for Refugee Week 2016 and dedicated to the many children and young people fleeing their homes in search of safety.  Ideal for secondary schools.



A short (four minute) film made by young people from Young Roots about how refugees have made a difference in their lives

A Life On Hold

An Amnesty International film about Omar who at 13 years old was forced to flee his home in Somalia.

Suitable for students 12+

Rain is Beautiful

A short film continuing Omar’s story and his resettlement in Sweden where he receives aid for wounds sustained under war and torture.

Suitable for students 12+


A seven-minute animated film from UNHCR, with teacher notes, tackling themes such as cultural differences and exile in a child-friendly way. Designed for children aged 5 – 8.

Ruth’s story: One child refugee’s journey from Eritrea to England

“Ruth was 14 when she left her home country of Eritrea in east Africa.” 4-minute animation from BBC Newsround/Fettle Animation. Watch it here

Stories of child refugees

Published by The Refugee Council

Three short animations featuring child refugees sharing their stories in their own words:

Short films about refugees recommended by human rights educators

Seven films on the reality of life as a refugee recommended by Amnesty Internationals human rights education network.